V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a verse of poetry or song that is uneven in measure and often poorly composed, usually for an intentional, comic effect

Synonyms: verse, jingle


Tips: The origin of doggerel is uncertain, but some believe that the word "dog" may have come into play in its coining. Think of dogs howling and singing out of tune--that would be doggerel.

Usage Examples:

I have the doggerel from the latest car commercial stuck in my head. (jingle, poor verse)

The playwright's doggerel in the middle of the show made the crowd laugh. (silly verse)

Sometimes an off-the-cuff doggerel can be the inspiration to a more serious flash of brilliance. (verse)

His feelings were hurt when I called his composition a doggerel. (jingle)

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